Another resident writes regarding Bonta’s letter

This letter is in response to the letter from Assm. Rob Bonta (“Birther Movement comes to Alameda,” July 5).

In his letter he is characterizing a group of concerned Alameda residents as Donald Trump supporters and right-wing wingnuts. The recall of Vice Mayor Malia Vella has absolutely nothing to do with Trump, the Republicans or anything having to do with the federal government. 

It’s really a moot point now because the papers weren’t filed correctly. However, his reaction and accusations are unacceptable. It is simply residents of Alameda voicing their concerns about the whole City Manager deal where two sitting Councilmembers (Vella and Jim Oddie) chose to go against the charter and tried to influence the City Manager regarding the hiring of a new Fire Chief. Ultimately the City Manager was let go with the residents of Alameda paying the bill for her firing.
In his letter he characterizes anyone signing the recall petition as being a Trump supporter therefore very few people would have the nerve to sign the petition for fear of being harassed. 

This is what he wrote: “So let’s be clear. If you sign any recall petition, you’re supporting this hate, bigotry and intolerance. If you think Alameda should aspire to becoming a racist backwater, sign it.” 

Talk about a smear campaign, this is the worst kind of bigotry and bias. I have big news for Bonta, people who sign the petition are concerned residents of Alameda who see something wrong with sitting Councilmembers going against the City Charter by trying to influence the City Manager. 

This is a democracy where everyone has a right to voice their pleasure or displeasure of our politicians. How dare you paint good, honest people of Alameda as racists or bigots because they want to sign a recall petition. 

I will certainly exercise my right of dissent when it comes time to vote for State Assembly.


Sue Spiersch